Electrical and Computer Engineering
Location: "C" Building
1360 Barrington Street
Room C367
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3996
Fax: (902) 422-7535
Website: www.ece.dal.ca
Email: ece.admin@dal.ca

Introduction

No other branch of engineering can claim to have such an impact on modern society as Electrical and Computer Engineering. The ease, speed and precision by which electrical energy and electrical signals can be transmitted, transformed and controlled has influenced not only the daily life of people, but has also changed the course of many other disciplines. Over only a few decades, Electrical and Computer Engineering has grown to a multi-branch discipline with significant applications in the areas of power systems, communication systems, microelectronics, photonics, computers and biomedical applications. This rapid growth, coupled with major advances in technology and material science, has made the field very dynamic, and poses a challenge to the student, to the educator and to the practicing Electrical and Computer Engineer for the breadth of its activities.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum is based on the physical and mathematical principles which constitute the unchanging foundation of the discipline. Courses apply these foundational principles to state-of-the-art applications within specialized areas of the field.

In the final year, technical elective courses are provided to enable the student to obtain a deeper, more detailed understanding of current technology in a field of interest. Technical electives may also be chosen from listed courses offered by other Departments. Also during the final year the students, usually in teams of two, work on a project requiring the application of knowledge to a realistic engineering problem. The projects are submitted by professionals in local industrial and research facilities who then provide supervision in conjunction with an assigned Faculty Advisor.

Laboratory sessions form an integral part of most Electrical and Computer Engineering courses. These sessions are conducted in laboratories housed in C Building.

Students enrolled in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree Programs may take part in Co-Operative Education where they can apply for up to three four-month work placements in industry. Students participating in the Co-op Program will require two years and four months to complete their degree while students not in the Co-op Program can finish in one year and eight months.

Students participating in our program may pursue either the Electrical or the Computer options as listed below.